Hasti, a student of public administration, was given the award for her unwavering and ardent dedication to environmental protection.
Digital Desk: Hasti Modi, a
master's student at the LSE, has been honoured with a Diana Award for her work
in environmental and social activism.
The Award, which was created
to honour Princess Diana, is one of the highest accolades a young person can
receive for their volunteerism and humanitarian activities.
Hasti, a student of public
administration, was given the award for her unwavering and ardent dedication to
She founded the NGO IGNITE
at the age of 15 in her Indian hometown of Bhavnagar, where she recruited more
than 100 local volunteers to plant and care for more than 130 tree saplings in
a church courtyard.
The 22-year-old has since
been collaborating with the group Green City to actively promote, raise money
for, and oversee tree-planting and care-giving campaigns in India, France, and
the UK. This task entails organising more than 50 volunteers to plant 500 tree
saplings in the London neighbourhood of Harrow.
The Global Alliance for a
Sustainable Planet recently organised a high-level seminar on carbon-neutral
food systems in Glasgow, and Hasti led a group of 20 volunteers there.
As the leader of the largest
student-run India-focused conference in the UK, the LSE Student Union India
Forum (LIF), Hasti established a panel to encourage talks on the environment at
She aspires to use the
public administration and international development skills she has gained
through her undergraduate studies to collaborate with the Diana Award mentoring
team on a global tree-planting and nurturing campaign.
In response to the award,
Hasti stated: "I feel incredibly happy, honoured, and inspired to earn the
highest honour a young person can receive for their charitable endeavours or
social work. This isn't due to the fame involved, but rather because it
realises a childhood desire of mine to expand my environmental projects